No Bake Strawberry Dessert is a delightful and refreshing treat that celebrates the vibrant flavors of fresh strawberries. This easy-to-make dessert is perfect for hot summer days or any time you’re craving a sweet and fruity dessert without the need for baking. With layers of creamy filling, juicy strawberries, and a crunchy cookie crust, this dessert is sure to impress your family and friends.
For the crust:
- 2 cups crushed graham crackers or cookie crumbs (such as vanilla wafers)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
For the filling:
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups whipped topping (such as Cool Whip)
For the strawberry layer:
- 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers or cookie crumbs with the melted butter. Mix until the crumbs are evenly coated.
- Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish to form the crust. Place the dish in the refrigerator to chill while preparing the filling.
- In another mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
- Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract to the cream cheese, and continue beating until well combined.
- Fold in the whipped topping until the mixture is light and fluffy. Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over the chilled crust.
- In a separate bowl, combine the sliced strawberries and granulated sugar. Stir gently to coat the strawberries in the sugar. Let the strawberries sit for a few minutes to release their juices.
- Spread the strawberry mixture evenly over the cream cheese filling, ensuring the strawberries are distributed throughout.
- Refrigerate the dessert for at least 2 hours, or until set and chilled.
- Once chilled, slice the No Bake Strawberry Dessert into squares and serve.